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"newsroom," america's busiest airports cracking down to keep ebola out as a dallas deputy who helped enforce a quarantine starts showing symptoms of the disease. plus, a california congressman claims isis fighters are trying to cross into the united states from mexico. the feds say no way. this hour, the truths, the next border agent joins us. them bombarded by bogus texts. you're right, you may have been illegally charged. now it's payback time. let's talk. live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we start this hour confronting a growing ebola crisis head on. a dallas deputy shows symptoms and waits in isolation. did he contract ebola inside the unsanitized apartment of the
nation's first fatality? new safe guards, five of america's busiest airports are racing to roll out additional screening methods. are they enough? >> we're going to be taking the temperatures of every passenger that comes from one of the three affected countries. if you answer positive or you test for a high fever, the passenger is immediately -- >> what if they lie? >> -- immediately sent to the cdc. >> what if they lie? >> well, that's why we want to erect as many check points as possible. >> and the rising tide of misery as health officials scramble, the death toll cliels ever higher. this morning, we're learning more about the ebola epidemic, it's global toll. and its urgency that has propelled one charity with a record-breaking donation. the bill and melinda gates foundation has committed $50 million to ratchet up the world's emergency response to the health crisis. so where will the money go and when? cnn's poppy harlow spoke to
melinda gates, wife of the pioneer and co-founder of the foundation. >> i think we need to move supplies very quickly. i think we need to educate communities very quickly on how to make sure they don't contract ebola. i think we need to actually draw blood from people who have had ebola so we can use antibodies to give to other people. and back home, we need to be working on vaccines for a long-term situation. >> the fact that there's no zmapp, the experimental drug, and there's very little left to treat ebola patients, what does that tell you about our pharmaceutical industry? some have said, well, big pharma didn't get into this game because, frankly, there wasn't a huge need for it. it doesn't make sense to spend all the r & d dollars? >> i think this is what we're waking up to as americans.
there are vast inequities in the world. these are typically diseases that we see in the united states and united kingdom. and yet people suffer from other diseases like malaria that we don't get much here. so we need to make ways in public and private partnerships for pharmaceuticals to actually invest in those diseases. and they are doing it. if you look at investments into malaria or childhood diseases for diseases we don't really get in the united states, that actually has been happening but ebola was behind. >> the first patient that just died from ebola in the united states, does this need to be a wake-up call that this could affect all of us and does have an impact on all of us? >> i think we all have to say any death is tragic. so his death is tragic. just as it's tragic for every person or child who dies in west africa. >> do you think that people feel removed from west africa?
>> i think we do. and yet we do. if we care about one person in the united states who gets ebola, we need to feel about the people inest west africa. those are our neighbors, too, just as he's our neighbor. >> cnn's poppy harlow joins me now. and poppy, actually the gates foundation spends more on this than the world health organization. how is that possible? >> i know, it's a stunning number. i confronted that with melinda. it shows companies need to do more and put more money into it especially ebola. a couple things that stood out to me, we need to build trust on the ground. us westerners can't just flying and assume everyone there suffering is going to trust our medicine, trust our clinics, trut our doctors. you have to earn our trust first. she said you have to fly into the radar. when she spends time on the
ground in west africa, no one knows he's melinda gates. she throws up her hair and talks to them just as a western woman. i can also tell you how much she emphasized urgency. we know all of these u.s. troops are going, they have to act overnight. what the gates foundation did, they have a big polio clinic in west africa. literally, overnight, they said we're turning into an ebola clinic and overnight, it changed. >> it's going to take $1 billion to fight this epidemic? >> at least, yes. >> poppy harlow, thank you so much. also this morning, signs and symptoms of ebola. sergeant michael monnic faces no risk of the disease despite being the first responder in entering in the unsanitized apartment of eric duncan.
last week, the deputy was wrestling with the unknowns of the danger. >> we did not receive any type of emergency equipment. >> and did you all touch anything while you were in there? >> touched doors, turned on lights. that starts putting question marks in your mind. when you go home, you start hearing that equipment is being bagged up. >> the deputy left and was taken by ambulance. he did contact with the family members but doctors have said he's in the clear. in spain, doctors report grim news on the first known case of ebola contracted outside of africa there. the condition of that nurse's aide is said to be worsening, al goodwin is in the spanish capital. good morning. >> hi, carol, just a short while ago, the deputy director of the hospital came out and talked to
the media, a short statement, saying the nurse's aide, her condition has worsened. she was peppered, how much worse. she said the patient has asked me to say nothing else, and she went away. the five other people who were in here under observation has now increased by one. and that one is yet another doctor in the other hospital in the south of madrid where the nurse's aide went a few days ago and it was confirmed that she had ebola. she sat around that emergency room for hours before she was brought up here. now, there are several doctors from that area who have come in for observation to be at this most secure hospital, carol. >> al, i've got to ask you about excalib excalibur, the nurse's aide dog, what happened? >> what happened, the husband of the nurse's aide, he's under close watch here at the hospital. a few days he started a social
media campaign to try to save their dog excalibur of him and his wife, the nurse's aide, who has the only confirmed case. he built up this massive amount of support. there were medical experts outside of spain saying maybe it would be better to save the dog, isolate the dog, instead of putting the dog down. 400,000 people got into this social media campaign on an online competition. save the dog. there were protests outside of their home but the spanish people said, we can't do that, we need to put this dog down. we don't have anywhere to put this dog in this potentially dangerous situation. the dog was euthanized, put to sleep late yesterday, carol. >> we just showed pictures of protests. was that over the dog? >> there were strong protests outside the couple's home. the couple being the nurse's aide who has got the confirmed of ebola and her husband who is under watch outside their home
in southern madrid trying to save the dog saying we are all excaliburs, is what they shouted in spanish. >> al goodwin reporting live, thanks so much. >> the urgent mission from the west to stop isis from advancing is currently focused on the town of kobani. to be totally blunt, it ain't going well. despite repeated coalition air strikes, isis fighters have now taken over other parts of the town and shows no signs of withdrawing. perhaps most disturbing, the pentagon said it's not surprised. >> air strikes alone is not going to do this. not going to fix this. not going to save the town of kobani. we know that, we've been saying that over and over again. and yet we continue to get questions why aren't you doing more. we've been very honest about the limited air power here. >> phil black is on the border watching this grim situation unfold. has kobani fallen?
nearly fallen? what's the status? >> reporter: it hasn't fallen yet, carol, but all the facts on the ground suggest it is very likely, only a matter of time. today, up above us, we've heard aircraft for much of the day. we've seen a number of large explosions around kobani behind me. in fact, as we zoom in, you can still see there's a great deal of smoke above that southwesterly direction of the city. we've seen air strike. but certainly not with the same intensity, the same regularity as the last few days. what that mean, the kurdish fighters, the men and women resisting isis, they haven't in the previous days as in the previous 48 hours or so. they say what they need are regular constant air strikes hitting those isis targets around the city, then they can take care of the street
fighting. that's not what they're seeing today. >> well, military efforts here say you really need ground troops. the united states is not going to provide troops on the ground. turkey is sitting right there. it's got a strong military, why won't it send ground troops? >> reporter: turkey set a number of conditions. it says it's very much in favor of ground troops. it has resources you can see on the top of the hilltop, not far from the border, you can see turkish tanks in position there, below the crest of the hill, out of sight from the syrian side but we can see them here. it's got forces in place. it doesn't want to mount a ground operation on its own. that of course, if in any countries are signaling that is a good idea, or they would be willing to sign up for such an separation. what it means, the turkish military presence along this border is effectively just sitting and watching as kobani
approaches the point of very likely falling. what the kurdish fighters inside the city want is not necessity turkish troops across the border, they just want turkey to open up the kurdish gate. so they can be resupplied with ammunition to give them a chance of holding out. >> phil black reporting live, thank you. still to come to the "newsroom," a suspected cop killer continues to elude a massive dragnet in pennsylvania. alexandra field has more. >> carol, for the first time we're hearing the chilling account of that manhunt that police believes was written by the suspect himself eric frein. we'll talk about it after the break.
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chilling new details are emerging about the cold-blooded shootings of two pennsylvania state troopers almost one month ago. federal agents have been scouring the pennsylvania countryside for eric matthew frein ever since. so far, they found journal entries that may have been left behind to taunt them. alexandra field has those letters pop those diary entries, i guess. and they are chilling. >> yeah, chilling is absolutely the word. police are confident that these letters were written by eric frein. they give us information about the shooting of the two
pennsylvania state police officers which led to this manhunt. and the officer who has shared the letters to us says the actions amount to pure evil. >> friday, september 12th, got a shot around 11:00 p.m. and took it. he dropped i was surprised at how quick. i took a follow-up shot on his head and neck area. he was still and quiet after that. another cop approached the one i just shot. as he went to kneel, i took a shot at him and jumped in the door. his legs were visible and still. >> carol, we know that hearing these details has to be very painful for anyone who knows the two officers involved in this, their families especially but these details are important, we're showing them because they are showing police a little more about what may have happened there. first of all, they point to the fact it doesn't appear that the
suspect knew the identities of either officers involved. we're hearing that for the first time. we're also hearing about the escape that the suspect made following the two shootings. at one point he talks about his surprise to see a road block so quickly. to hear helicopters overhead and how he it-h to stack his ak-47. >> is he leaving these things behind for police to find to taunt them? >> at one point he indicates that things have-h gone wrong. he turned off his lights to avoid police. he turned off a the trail and his car ended up in water. he had to stash some things. certainly, the theory has been for the police that he is leaving clues, this is part of a game. this has been going on for nearly a month, carol. >> and made sight of him, right, they maybe found a campsite? >> over and over again, they
said they're confident he's still in this area. since friday, they have uncovered a campsite that they believe belongs to him. and they found two pipe bombs which they believe he made. evidence all over this area. you're looking at some of it that police say proves he's still there and managing to evade them. till to item in the "newsroom," at&t agrees to pay back millions of dollars to its wireless customers. we'll tell you if you're going to receive a bonus from them next. when laquinta.com sends him a ready for you alert the second his room is ready, ya know what salesman alan ames becomes? i think the numbers speak for themselves.
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. many checking some top stories at 29 minutes past the hour -- tensions again running high in st. louis after a white police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old armed man. according to police, circumstances are somewhat -- are very different actually to the shooting death two months ago michael brown in nearby
ferguson. police say the 18-year-old was armed and fired on the off duty officer first. a suburban chicago teenager is in federal court this hour accused of trying to help isis. 19-year-old mohammed khan was arrested saturday night at chicago's o'hare airport. he was to meet an isis contact in turkey who would then help him get into syria. >> the indiana mother of an isis hostage threatened with execution is pleading with the terror group's leader. a desperate paula cassic tweeted, i'm an old woman and about bull rahman is my only child. how can we reach you? >> the fight against isis has turned into a border issue for some lawmakers like republican congressman duncan hunter who told fox news this week that isis fighters have actually
tried to cross the u.s. border from mexico. >> i know they -- at least ten isis fighter vbs caught coming across the mexican border in texas. >> how do you know that? >> because i've asked the border patrol. >> he did not mention who those border patrol agents were. homeland security secretary jeh johnson says his claims are false. >> we have no credible specific intelligence to that effect. what i'd say to public officials is, we need to be responsible in what we say, in passing on speculation, rumor, to not unduly cause fear. >> so let's talk about this with a former border patrol agent acosta, welcome, sir. >> thank you, so what do you make of duncan hunter's remarks
that border patrol agents told him that isis terrorists are coming across the border from mexico? >> well, i don't know who the source for congressman hunter would be, but i would venture to say it's not somebody from a high-level dhs official. and the course that gave that to congressman hunter would not be a credible source for him to be putting out this type of information. >> do you think realistic, though, that an isis terrorist could come over the mexican border? >> well, it's certainly possible but i don't think it's probable. why would isis operatives enter illegal through the southern border when it's just as simple to appear in our ports of entry, from a visa waiver country. if they have a visa or legal immigrant, they're going to be admitted. they're going to demand an asylum hearing and they're going to be admitted. our biggest fear actually should
be what's inside the united states and the people who have overstayed. and i would tell congressman hunter, that's what we should address. enforcement to go against those individuals who abuse our system. it's already been proven by the 9/11 hijackers how easy it is to exploit america's hospitality by coming into the country with visas to do us damage. frankly, we just haven't shut that door down and we haven't pulled out welcome mat yet. >> duncan hunter is not the only lawmaker suggesting that isis terrorists are come into the united states from mexico. so why are they saying these things? >> well the notion of terrorists entering illegal through the southern border or any border, for that matter, you know, it's something that plays well to certain audiences. and i'd venture to say that's what congressman hunter was doing. >> so are you saying it's all political? >> well, i think it's great
sound bites to but out to certain audiences, but it's without a basis, without any solid information. and i think we owe the american people better information than putting out sound bites about the border. >> hipolito acosta, thank you for joining me this morning. i appreciate it. so, if it's unlikely that isis terrorists are sneaking into the united states from mexico, why are they insisting they are? duncan hunter isn't the only one, people have found correspond rance and muslim clothing on the border. as for isis, he says -- >> the united states needs to get busy. they need to bomb them. they need to take them out. i would like for them to hit them so hard that every time they hear a propeller on a plane or a jet aircraft they you're
urinate done both legs. >> you there go. and as long as our border isn't secure, the government is makes it too far too easy for terrorists to infiltrate our nation. i'm joining by democratic strategic chris co-vinas. >> i think that, yes, we have to be concerned about what could happen to the border. let's not me tend here that, you know, terrorists and bad people couldn't come through the border. the bad people do come to the border for issues like drug smuggling but there is zero evidence right now that any isis terrorists have been coming through the border. and what we have to worry about are the isis terrorists that are
u.s. citizens and are over there and can come back without needing a visa, have u.s. passports or the isis terrorists that belong and are citizens of countries like the united kingdom or who have vees sass with the iefdz. i think it is irresponsible and i think you're fearmongering at that point when you go on tv and you are a congressman, a person who should be credible, who's got a duty to be responsible with the american people and your constituents and you go and say something for which you have no tangible evidence in front of you. >> and, chris, i would like to think the more extreme someone sounds, the less likely it is that people actually believe them. am i being naive? >> well, with all respect, yes. i think it plays to a certain audience. i mean, it's not surprising who's saying it. i think senator cruz, congressman duncan are known for
their inflammatory kind of baseless statements. this one being kind of one of the tips of the iceberg. there's not many people that argue that isis is a threat and have to deal with it. to conflate that with the issue at the southern border, it's beyond grossly irresponsible. it really does tell you a lot about the character of the congressman and senator to kind of play to these fears and base politics. they should be better than this. and to do it with no evidence. to do it simply by just suggesting it, in order to get some kind of media attention, you know, it's a sad statement, but unfortunately, it's working we're talking about it. >> ana, it is a porous border, why not just say that and stick to that. why throw isis into the mix? >> because we're all in a state
of urgent panic right now over isis. and the idea of americans having their heads cut off puts us all in a state of fear because it is the topic du jour and the fear du jour. and i think if congressman hunter has got a legitimate concern and he thinks this is a leapt allegation, he needs to call dhs. he needs to call his colleagues in security and intelligence committees and get them to investigate. but don't go on tv and just spew it out and say, well, because somebody told me so. i know this is happening because somebody told me so. well, you know, somebody could go on tv and say a lot of things that people told them so. >> ana navarro, chris kofinis, i preern appreciate it. he's one of the world's most elusive leaders. no one has seen kim jong-un for
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bizarre disappearance of north korean leader kim jong-un. it's been alleged that his sister is running north korea. he was actually seen limping back in september. so is his sister in charge and why? cnn's brian todd went looking for answers. >> reporter: she's barely noticed, often seen behind him in official pictures. but right now, some believe kim jong-un's little sister may have been running the family business. kim yo jong, it comes from a group of defectors which has not revealed the source of the information. cnn cannot independently confirm it. >> i can see where she's in some sort of a temporary position
it's very difficult for the north korean system to run without one of kim family in charge. >> reporter: analysts say kim jo jong is one of four children. she later took on important responsibilities for her father like inspects sites before official visits. analysts say she does similar tasks for her brother. >> clearly an effort to slow-track her on to somebody who is becoming important with the system. >> reporter: as for handling all the stress and the supreme leader? >> if in fact she's running the country as someone in her early to mid-20s, to me, it's quite alarming, it means there's something seriously wrong with kim jong-un and there's some sort of void that they're trying desperately to fill.
>> reporter: and the mystery surrounding jim kim jong-un's brother is deepening. one analyst says he could be north of pyongyang in one of three different compounds used by the ruling elite. and there's one other possibility. >> another option is over here, this summer, kim jong-un spent a lot of time over here. he observed military observations out in the bay here. he even had military operations right on the beach outside of his family home. >> reporter: will kim jong-un show up at the anniversary at the founding ruler's party. he was at the same event last year. if he doesn't show up, the controversy over his disappearance will grow. if he does, they'll be looking at his body language, every detail very carefully. brian todd, cnn, washington.
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the stakes are high in kansas where incumbent gop senator pat roberts is trying to hold on to his seat against independent challenger greg orman. right now, the two candidates are neck and neck in the polls. according to a cnn/orc poll, roberts leads by one percentage point. let's bring in cnn's chief congressional analyst dana bash. she's there in kansas. >> i think it's raining sideways, carol. >> i feel so bad for you. >> that's all right. it's part of the job. listen, this is, as i said, not a place where i thought we'd be standing at all talking about a tough senate race. and the bottom line it is neck and neck here, and the
independent is taking note of the fact of a republican who is losing touch. endangered republican pat roberts is warning kansas conservatives of the stakes, if he loses, there going the gop senate. >> a vote for pat roberts is a vote for the republican minority. >> reporter: and now the democrat candidate dropped out. >> i tried both parties and like a lot of kansans, i've been disappointed. >> reporter: to win in ruby red kansas, he's trying to pound that. >> this man is a democrat. i don't know why you can't come clean. >> if i win i'm not going to support harry reid or mitch mcconnell for majority leader. >> reporter: perhaps the biggest news is that orman was even here at a scheduled public event. he tweets after-the-fact photos of his campaign stops, without press there to ask him
questions. the strategy in this final stretch is to keep a focus on the incumbent and do no harm to himself mostly on the air waves with ads like this. >> i'm a business man who solves problems every day. >> reporter: orman did talk to supporters post debate where we tried to clear up the question who will he caucus with if the senate is split and he confirms control, no dice. >> don't you owe voters an answer who you're going to be, because it is possible, that you, if you win could hold the balance in your hand. >> i sort of reject the premise of that question. i think it's a great thing for kansas. i think it's an opportunity for kansas to define the agenda in the united states senate. >> reporter: as for roberts, he's trying to shed his out of touch image who got him in trouble in the first place. why are you having such a fight? >> we will win this race, we will because we have every leader from the gop party.
>> reporter: the gop cavalry is coming from all corners. he's already had appearances jeb bush, sarah palin and john mccain. >> they know me, they know my record. they understand me, and they trust me. society road to a republican majority runs right through kansas. >> and again that is not something that anybody expected, but it does seem to be a real possibility, carol. and because of that, republican outgroups who are hoping to spend their money on races where there was a democratic incumbent that they were trying to take over the seat, they are now, i'm told, coming in here in a very big way. we're talking about groups across the republican spectrum from the kansas-based koch brothers, some of their groups trying to keep the state in republican hands and ultimately the majority in november. carol. >> thanks for standing in the rain for us, dana bash. we appreciate it.
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his braids, willie nelson would probably agree. ♪ and i'm crazy >> reporter: it's crazy for someone to feel like it's worth to spend $37,000 for willie's pigtails. he cut them off in 1983 to give them to fellow country star waylon jennings to celebrate jennings' sobriety. now guernsey auction house sold them to an unidentified bidder. >> i look for things that are kind of iconic. >> reporter: things that sprout from an icon's head. >> that's a nice lock of marilyn's and you can see george mccartney. >> reporter: now is george washington nearby? >> yeah, let me grab him. >> reporter: he's identified by guinness as having the largest hair collection from the almost
invisible strands of beethovan. >> that's lincoln's hair. >> reporter: documented he says having come from the night that lincoln was assassinate. >> this is the hair that the surgeon cleared the wound and retained this hair. >> reporter: bresnacott estimates it's worn $1 million. he says he's got einstein's hair and michael jackson's hair. being caught on fire. as thrown in "us weekly." as for that lock of marilyn's hair -- >> taken by the embalmer. >> reporter: maybe you think there's an ick factor with the hair. >> i bet your mom has a lock of your hair tucked away somewhere.
>> reporter: a lock? my mother has enough to make a wig. she separated the two, may this keep a close bond heen us township. i have the other one. willie nelson's pigtail, $37,000. my pigtails, maybe five bucks on emay but willie's are longer. but why split hairs when you can sell them. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> i admire you jeanne moos. thank you for joining me today. this hour. the fight against ebola. big changes coming to an airport near you but is this about disease management or public relations. >> isis is tightening its grip on the key town of kobani as turkish tanks linger just across the border. the pentagon won't save that kurdish